Gold allergy is relatively rare, but does exist. I pulled references
for those who wish to see a few medical journal articles documenting
gold allergy, as well as giving the google search terms to find the
links at the end of the post in case the links don’t carry over.
People who are sensitive to nickel and cobalt have a higher chance of
being sensitive to gold as well, but some are sensitive to gold only.
Am J Contact Dermat. 2001 Mar;12(1):3
Doctors discovered gold allergy is more often found in rheumatoid
arthritis patients and patients with eczema on their fingers and
neck. Gold salts are used as a treatment for RA, and starting doses
have to be lowered for patients with gold allergy. Contact
Dermatitis. 1996 May;34(5):345-8.
Gold allergy to dental gold restorations has been documented. One
study is: J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994 Feb;30(2 Pt 1):205-9.
and this is a case study of one individual: Oral Surg Oral Med Oral
Pathol. 1984 Feb;57(2):158-60
You can google gold allergy dental gold NIH and the first three cited
above will be first on the page.
Carol J. Bova